THE Kalamunda Eastern Suns have made two major recruiting decisions with the club securing the services of their men’s and women’s head coaches for the 2018 SBL season.
Men’s coach Michael Clarke and women’s coach Tom Knowles have each agreed to one year contract extensions, giving the Suns certainty and stability ahead of the 2018 season.
Clarke will return for his third season with the club and Knowles his second but both coaches remain committed to growing and nurturing young local talent, while also hoping to push for finals places in the 2018 season.
Clarke said he was delighted to be back at the Suns next year.
“We have shown glimpses of what we are capable of as a side throughout the year,’’ he said.
“When we play at our best we can match it with just about any side in the league.
“Our focus for next season will be push for greater consistency and by doing that hopefully bring basketball success to the Perth Hills.’’
Knowles said he was excited to return as the women’s head coach.
“We have unfinished business and I am pleased to be given the chance again to coach the side,” he said.
“I have been pleased with our overall progress this year but we have more work to do.
“Our goal is to push for a finals berth but this will only come through hard work and commitment by all the players and the coaching staff.
“The SBL is a tough league so we will have our work cut out for us.”
Meanwhile, a thrilling comeback in the final quarter was not enough for the Kalamunda Eastern Suns men’s side to snatch victory from the top of the ladder Willetton Tigers at the weekend.
The Suns were down by more than 20 points at the start of the second half, but slowly clawed their way back into the match after the main break to halve the lead by three-quarter time.
With only minutes remaining, the Suns took the lead for the first time thanks to some outstanding three point shooting by guard Kerrod Horn who top scored with 28 points while Courtney Belger also impressed for the Suns with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
It was a bad night for the women’s team who lost to Willetton 93-45.
Melissa Moyle top scored for the Suns with 14 points.
The final home game of the season is on July 14 which will also be a celebration of the Suns’ 10th year in the SBL.
Everyone is invited to join the anniversary celebrations which will include giveaways, a DJ, games and some exciting local basketball action.
By David Harrison